Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria and the recent earthquakes in Mexico have had a significant impact on members of our UMass community. Many are experiencing distress, fear, uncertainty, and anxiety as they await news from family and loved ones who are struggling for food, water, shelter, and access to electricity to rebuild their lives.
Recovering after disaster can take a toll on one’s mental health and well-being. If you or someone you know is struggling in the aftermath of these recent disasters, the following campus resources can help:
- Dean of Students Office
- Off Campus Student Services
- Single Stop Resources
- Let’s Talk Drop In Sessions
- Therapist Assisted Online
- Center for Counseling and Psychological Health
- The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Rebuilding after disaster is a long and difficult process. We urge you to take care of yourself and those around you:
- Stay connected – share your feelings with friends, loved ones, and family
- Stay present – take breaks from social media and news, use mindfulness techniques
- Stay active – take a walk or jog outside, try a fitness class or workout at the Rec Center
- Seek support – talk with a support group
It is together, as a community that we will rebound with resilience. Please visit the university’s Hurricane Relief page to find out ways you can help.